San Juan Water + Beach Club Hotel, San Juan $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Set on the beach in posh Isla Verde, this boutique hotel gets feverish press for its imaginative design elementsglass-enclosed waterfalls in the elevators, doors made of Murano glass, and photographs of pebbles instead of carpeting in the corridors. Wet, the rooftop lounge, has a DJ who spins all night. But if most reviews seem to focus on public spaces and nightlife rather than rooms and service, that's because the hotel does, too. The 78 rooms, all white and beige, have floor-to-ceiling windows that face the Atlantic. They are on the small side, and form certainly trumps function. (Good luck hanging a weekend's worth of clothes in the tiny wardrobe recess.) Service is leisurely to the point of nonexistent; the hotel solicits your "desires" (beverage preferences and such) on its Web site before your stay, but often forgets them once you arrive. It's all fun and chic, of course, and if all you care about is the beach and a place to party till the wee hours, it's probably the place for you.
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